Ezra Shihan
7th Dan Shihan (Aikikai Foundation)

Ezra Shihan has studied Aikido and healing arts for over 40 years. Born on the Wirral in 1945, he began training in Aikido as a teenager and has continued his studies with various Japanese teachers.
Ezra Shihan is respected throughout the British Isles and many other parts of the world for the quality of his instruction. He has taught in other countries such as Ireland, Greece, Norway, Bulgaria, Poland,
Tenerife , Holland, Russia, South Africa and Colombia, where his guidance is much appreciated. As Technical Director of the Komyokan Aikido Association he also teaches throughout the UK on weekend courses. His life is dedicated to the development of the human consciousness and the spreading of peace and harmony through his intensive training and teaching of Aikido.
After many years teaching at part-time venues, Ezra Shihan has realised his ambition by establishing his own full time centre – The Komyokan Dojo.
Ezra Shihan was awarded 7th dan in January 2009.

Nick Waites
6th Dan Shihan (Aikikai Foundation)

Nick Waites
Nick Waites, the chief instructor of the Koteikan dojo and the main personal tutor, has been a student and teacher of aikido for over forty years, during which time he has studied aikido with many very senior teachers from all over the world. He is the most senior student of Terry Ezra, 7th dan shihan, (founder of the Komyokan Aikido Association), and the author of “Aikido, Iron Balls and Elbow Power” and “Aikido Body, Mind and Spirit” and 6 other titles which explore a wide range of aikido practice methods and concepts.
Nick also studied yoga for many years in his youth, traditional Chinese medicine (he is a qualified acupuncturist) and some karate, judo and tai chi, although his main focus has always been aikido.
He was awarded 6th dan by Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba (the grandson of the founder of aikido, Morihei Ueshiba) at the Kagami Biraki ceremony in Japan in January 2013, and Shihan in 2019. He has taught aikido in the Netherlands, Russia,
Croatia, Abu Dhabi and many locations in the UK.

Stella Stevenson
6th Dan Shidoin (Aikikai Foundation)

Jeremy Garmson
6th Dan Shidoin (Aikikai Foundation)

Rod Martin
5th Dan Shidoin (Aikikai Foundation)

Photo on 18-10-2015 at 13.44Since starting in 1993 I have practiced with many influential Sensei’s. In the 90s I saw a lot of Kanetsuka Sensei. Soon after attaining Dan grade in 2001 I began teaching a class at the Komyokan dojo. I have travelled around to many seminars with Ezra Shihan, Tokyo, Birmingham, Durham, Swansea, Miami, Bogota and Medellin to name a few. I had a brief post as BAB representative for the Komykan Association until we left the BAB to form the JAC.

John McGill
3rd Dan Fukushidoin (Aikikai Foundation)

John McGillJohn started his martial career as a boxer, but after a prolonged period of illness took up Aikido (in 1989) after a friend suggested that it might help him ease back into fighting form. Realising Aikido’s subtle potential to overpower an opponent, John was quickly hooked and has trained since (although for a while he also took up Kendo and competed in Eurpean and Five Nations Kendo Tournaments).In 2001 he became Shodan (black belt – 1st Dan). – See more at:

Bob Small

4th Dan Fukushidoin (Aikikai Foundation)

Bob SmallBob started Aikido in 1979 after a serious leg injury prevented him from playing football or practicing Shoto kia Karate. A friend suggested he check out a local Aikido club and after watching a class of “white clad practitioners throwing each other all over the place“ he decided to give it a shot. He was awarded his Shodan in 1999, Nidan in 2008 and in Sandan in January 2013.Bob feels that Aikido “is a true martial art, unique in movement and posture, mystifying in technique and form and exhilarating in application and expression”. However, Bob also feels that “Aikidoka are a strange breed, as they will throw their practice partners around like rag dolls and then willing reverse the role and gladly accept the same treatment!”
– See more at: http://aikido.co.uk/yudan-nashi-kan/ourinstructors/#sthash.nPChaspx.dpuf

Shaun Carr
4th Dan Fukushidoin (Aikikai Foundation)

Shaun CarrShaun,an active police officer, has been practising Aikido for over 20 years. He is the senior student of the Koteikan Dojo and takes an active part in the dojo teaching schedule.

Jim Pearson
4th Dan Shidoin (Aikikai Foundation)

Martin Davies
4th Dan Shidoin (Aikikai Foundation)

Martin Davies

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